Derived from the Sanskrit word "upala" (meaning "valuable stone"), this stone consists of both colloidal silica and up to 20% water – bringing the fortitude of earth with the unfathomable mystery of water. It is considered to be the crystal of the New Age, and has been beloved by alchemists and mystics throughout the centuries for its reputed ability to facilitate connection to the higher self and to the wisdom of the Ancients. Sterling Opal specifically is thought to uplift the aura, illuminating ones best traits and supporting the offering of these gifts to the world.
This Pinecone is adorned with a 24k Gold emblem of the Lotus. The white lotus blooms from the murky waters from which it emerges remaining spotless and pure. Through the eyes of major world religions, the eight petaled lotus is the manifestation of cosmic harmony. In Buddhist mandalas, each of the eight petals corresponds to each element of the Noble Eightfold Path.